Femi Makinde, Osogbo
The Vice Chancellor, Adeleke University, Prof. Ekundayo Alao, has advised the government to encourage students who possess technical skills to pursue their dream and express themselves in that area.
Alao said this on Tuesday in an interview with our correspondent on the sidelines of the seventh matriculation ceremony of the university in Ede, Osun State.
He stated that encouraging Nigerian youths to pursue careers in technical areas as well and developing their entrepreneurial skills would assist in curbing the problem of unemployment and crime in the country.
The vice chancellor said there were millions of qualified students seeking admission into various tertiary institutions but stated that they would be rejected because of the limited vacancies available.
According to him, youths who are good in technical and vocational education should be encouraged to become better and be more productive in their fields.
Alao said a state of emergency should be declared in the education sector to address the challenges, which he noted had hindered the effective development of the sector.
He also noted that there should be consistency in any policy the government wanted to adopt.
He stated, “We need to know that university education is not the only way to become great in life. Some students are technically good and they can do great things through that. These types of students should be given the opportunity to express themselves.
“Also, our entrepreneurship should be properly developed and that will discourage people from looking for government jobs at all costs. Entrepreneurship will teach them how to develop their ideas and make money from it.
“Those who fall into this category will not want to be employed by the government or be tied down to paid jobs.”